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Man Sought in Carmel Bike Path Incident Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 July 2014
Bike Path SuspectCarmel Bike Path Suspect

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that investigators from his Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating a reported incident which occurred at about 1:40PM on July 1st.

The incident occurred along the Putnam Trailway in the vicinity of Crafts Road in the Town of Carmel. According to the female complainant, a man operating a bicycle circled her several times and then approached her. He then tried to grab the woman’s arm, however, she was able to fend off the would-be attacker and run from the area unharmed.

Sheriff’s deputies, a K-9 unit, along with criminal investigators, Carmel police officers and state troopers, including a helicopter from their aviation unit, scoured the area. The man, however, eluded police.

The person of interest is described as: a white male, 50 ? 60 years old, approximately 5?9? tall, 220 pounds. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black and gray bicycle helmet, green shirt, khaki shorts, white socks and sandals. He was also wearing a black colored brace on his right ankle.

The complainant has worked with Investigator John Matrician, a sketch artist with the department’s Identification and Forensics Unit. They have collectively developed a drawing for public consumption.

Anyone having information as to the identity of this individual is asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (845) 225-8060. All calls will be kept confidential.

 
Fugitive From North Carolina Arrested in Putnam Crime Spree Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 July 2014
Kenneth W. DeFreitasKenneth W. DeFreitas

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a 29 year-old man, wanted on a parole violation warrant from North Carolina and having ties with Putnam County, who is suspected of being responsible for committing several violent felony crimes throughout the county over the past two months.

During that period of time, investigators from the Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation had investigated two residential burglaries occurring in Putnam Lake, an attempted armed robbery of the A&P food store in Southeast and an armed robbery of the Putnam County National Bank in Carmel. Their investigation pointed to Kenneth W. DeFreitas of Willmington, North Carolina who had previously lived in Putnam Lake as the suspect in each of these crimes.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant charging Mr. DeFreitas with Robbery in the First Degree, a class ?B? violent felony, in connection with the bank robbery. They put out a nationwide bulletin for his arrest to police agencies and checked several areas in Putnam and Dutchess counties as well as nearby Connecticut and the Bronx.

On July 3rd, members of the New York City Police Department’s Bronx Narcotics Bureau located Mr. DeFreitas near Hoffman Street in the Bronx. They took him into custody and held him for sheriff’s investigators.

Investigators responded to the 48 precinct, arrested Mr. DeFreitas and returned him to Putnam County. In addition to the bank robbery charge, he was charged with two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and one count of Attempted Robbery in the First Degree. He was arraigned before Carmel Town Justice Joseph Spofford and remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility without bail pending a future court appearance.

Once the arraignment hearing was concluded, and the investigators were escorting Mr. DeFreitas back to the police car, Mr. DeFreitas grabbed the gun of one of the investigators attempting to remove it from the officer’s holster. A struggle ensued but Mr. DeFreitas was subdued. No one was injured however additional charges of Attempted Escape in the First Degree and Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree were lodged.

The Violation of Parole arrest warrant issued by North Carolina officials was lodged with the correctional facility. Law enforcement authorities from Connecticut and Westchester County also suspect Mr. DeFreitas of committing residential burglaries in their jurisdictions.

Sheriff Smith praised his investigators for a job well done saying, ?Our investigators have done an outstanding job developing the cases in each of these crimes leading to the arrest of Mr. DeFreitas. My gratitude also goes out to the narcotics officers of NYPD?s Bronx Narcotics Bureau for their assistance in apprehending this individual and helping remove a suspected violent felon before he could affect more victims in our community.?

 
Brewster Man, Ex-NYPD Cop Faces Sentencing After Punching Disabled Man Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 July 2014

According to the Putnam County District Attorney's Office , Mario Zeoli, 50, of Brewster, has been convicted after punching a quadriplegic man.

 
Chelsey Lynn Cruger Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 July 2014
Chelsey Lynn Cruger

Chelsey Lynn Cruger (D.O.B.? 12/22/89) is wanted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and a Bench Warrant was issued June 11, 2014 out of the Town Of Philipstown, to answer the charges Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic (P.L. 220.45)

If anyone has any information as to Cruger’s whereabouts, please contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department (845) 808-4357. PLEASE DO NOT POST TIPS HERE ON FACEBOOK.

 
Poughkeepsie Man Charged With Unlicensed Operation Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 July 2014

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces the arrest of a Poughkeepsie man on a charge of unlicensed operation.

On July 1, 2014 at 7:48 p.m., Deputy Sheriff Brian Aisenstat stopped a speeding motorist on Route 9 in the Town of Philipstown. The deputy determined that the driver, identified as Carlos A. Aldana, 41, of 5 Orchard Park, Poughkeepsie, New York held a suspended license. The deputy arrested Mr. Aldana and charged him with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, a misdemeanor. The defendant was processed at the Putnam County Correctional Facility and released after posting $200.00 cash bail. The defendant will be required to appear in the Town of Philipstown Justice Court on July 28, 2014 to answer the charge.

If found guilty of the misdemeanor charge, the defendant could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.00.

 
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